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take this longing....

1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why?
Leonard Cohen. i am madly in love with Leonard Cohen. he inspires me. he touches me. i would give the world to have a fraction of his talent.

I heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.

If I am dumb beside your body
while silence blossoms like tumors on our lips.
it is because I hear a man climb stairs and clear his throat outside the door.


2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?
if there is a singer i can't stand, i obviously don't listen to his/her music

3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?
yes. yes.

The Beetle

Do not be frightened.
Where is the beetle I gave you?
It is a companion for you somewhere in the room.
Here is my peace.
These tears will help you.
I paced you at a table in the middle of the night.
I let you move toward your pain.
I let you come near.
I let you come in.
Now you have no names for yourself.
Now you are my creature.
This is the mercy.
These are my clean tears.
You may speak to me now.
I will not take your work from you.
Have you tired of my mercy?
Have you wept enough?
Have you seized an image of me?
This is the voice of one turning aside.
This is my holy work.
It has changed the world since you began
this word and you are still reading the instructions.
Where is your beetle?
It pleased you not to want to murder it.
An oath of friendship between you and your beetle
came to your lips.
It was touching.
You pleased yourself with your mercy.
Stay with me.
You are the beetle I do not crush,
so busy in the light of my eyes.
This is the room I prepared for you.
It is here you will prepare the marriage.
You will untarnish it.
You will sweep the chamber where I form my worlds.
Now you may have back your stone heart.
Someone walks by your window,
a slight limp in his step.
You cannot see outside and this is my world also.
Come to me again when you are not tired,
when your panic makes you alert to me,
and the perfection of my world bends you down in shame.



4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?
i've been to a few.... one that always sticks in my mind was many years ago.... edgar winters and leon russell. i don't know why. i just remember really enjoying it. i am not much of a concert-goer. i think you pay too much to see too little, unless you are right at the stage. of course, i would travel anywhere in the world if Cohen would do just one more concert!


5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music?
i agree with some of both sides. i think a happy medium can be met. i am sick of hearing about personal freedoms when it comes to downloading digital music.

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don't fear death
melissamuse
melissa muses (or maia, you choose)

Roma

wandering does not make you a "gypsy."
why would you call yourself
after those who have no home?
long skirts and hoop earrings
do not make you a "gypsy."
why do you call yourself after
those who have no clothes?

"gypsy" is pejorative. please don't perpetuate the stereotype. educate yourself on what it really means to be a "gypsy" in this world.

Who are the Roma?

Decade of Roma Inclusion

Dženo Association

European Roma Rights Centre

Roma Balkans

Roma National Congress

Romani World

Rombase

Rroma

Rroma Media Network

Soros Roma Initiatives

Studii Romani

The European Union and Roma

The Patrin Webjournal: Romani Culture and History

Voice of Roma
World Bank Roma Initiatives

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